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3 Oct 2011

Band line up adds Nelson flavour to Fanzones

A line up of Nelson’s best loved bands has been announced to entertain the crowds in the Nelson Rugby World Cup 2011 Fanzone from 6pm prior to the semi-finals and The Final. Entry to the Fanzone is free, and offers a great opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of local bands spanning an eclectic mix of music styles.

On Sat 15, DJ True Grit and The Peasants will wow the crowd, followed by Comrade Z and The Immigrants on Sun 16 and Wicked Draw and Pacha Atma for the Final on Sun 23.

With a passion for the music of Aotearoa, DJ TrueGrit plays a diverse range of New Zealand tracks old and new. She has performed at the Kaikoura Roots Festival, Phat parties, and hosts a New Zealand music night once a month at the Sprig and Fern on Hardy Street.

Winners of the 2011 Smokefreerockquest, The Peasants, will bring their slice of indie/pop/rock to the Fanzone semi-final on Saturday 15 October. Siblings Abbey and Chris Phillips, cousin Georgia Nott and Joseph Corban Banks, Rupert Wockner, Holly Tippler and Clark Hinton originally formed The Peasants at Garin College and what started as “a bit of fun” has netted the band a five figure prize package that will give the Peasants a helping hand into the Kiwi music industry.

Entertainment on Sunday 16 October kicks off with Comrade Z, direct from the wheat fields of Eastern Europe, with their unique Eastern European sound. Formed in 2010 Comrade Z describe the band as “three wery talented musician - and Pavel” who will be playing “both types of music: happy music and sad music.”

For foot stompin’ indie Rock ‘n Roll & Blues bound to get you on your feet and in the mood for rugby action, look no further than The Immigrants. This local band makes regular appearances on the Nelson scene at the Sprig and Fern, Free House and MarchFest.

For The Final on Sunday 23 October, Wicked Draw take to the stage with their unique blend of reggae, dub, ragga & dancehall, and a distinct Pacific flavour which seems to be only found in Aotearoa. During the last three years, their strong, loyal local following has continued to grow, thanks to their own standout shows and some excellent support slots with touring acts such as Salmonella Dub, Cornerstone Roots, Kora, dDub and Trinity Roots.

Renowned for their high energy live shows, Pacha Atma - loosely translated as “Earth Spirit” – create live, evolving dance music guaranteed to get you moving with their fusion of rock-reggae, Latin, funk, house and drum ‘n’ bass rhythms. Winner of The Woodstock Battle of the Bands 2011, they describe their sound as “all the musical styles you’d want to dance to, being played together on one night by a band that’s clearly loving playing”. Don’t miss this global melting pot of musical influences, creating energised dance grooves you just have to move to.

In addition to the gigs, street performers including the Twisty Twinz and Body in Space add to the entertainment line up, and there is plenty of time to enjoy food and beverages from the local cafes, restaurants and bars. Following the gigs, fans can watch the semi-finals and The Final on a massive 20 foot x 10 foot screen in the Fanzone with pre-match build up to a 9pm kick off.

Food and soft drinks can be taken into the perimeter of the Fanzone, however glass, alcohol and BYO alcohol is not allowed.